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By Mark Finkelstein | November 30, 2015 | 9:37 AM EST

Growing up in a quiet Jewish neighborhood of the Bronx, I was about as far removed as could be from the gun culture. But as a five or six year old, I would beg my parents to take me to visit the toy store a few blocks away so that I could gaze longingly in the window . . . at a toy six-shooter.

I share my story because I think it's typical. Of course there are exceptions, but from time immemorial the great majority of little boys have been drawn to toy weapons while little girls have largely been attracted to objects familial and domestic. At least until now. According to Yahoo Finance reporter Jen Rogers, who in an article entitled "Toys and gender: How things are changing this holiday season" recently wrote "if you think Barbies are for girls and Nerf weapons are for boys, you must be living in 2014."

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | November 30, 2015 | 5:00 AM EST

ABC's FBI drama Quantico continued it's anti-Israel plotline last night in the episode "Guilty." Simon Asher has already been revealed to be an IDF soldier who did things in Gaza "that haunt me every single day of my life." Last week we saw him talking to an Israeli bomb maker about continuing violence in the West Bank. And now, based upon a new flashback scene, it is looking increasingly likely that Simon will turn out to be the terrorist mastermind. 

By Dylan Gwinn | November 30, 2015 | 12:27 AM EST

On Monday night, CBS’ Madam Secretary revealed how Hillary would never have allowed us to get involved in Iraq, and could have prevented the entire disaster had she only been in a position of power to stop it.

By Tom Blumer | November 29, 2015 | 11:53 PM EST

The Walt Disney Company filed its annual 10-K report with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.

The "getaway day" timing of the filing may not be a coincidence, at least as far as its 80 percent-owned ESPN subsidiary is concerned. That's because the report contains bad news which Disney would surely want to see downplayed. Confirming problems yours truly observed in NewsBusters posts in September and October, Clay Travis at Fox Sports' "Outkick the Coverage" blog observed that annual subscriber revenue at the the sport network's various entities— even before considering likely accompany advertising losses — has declined by about $700 million dollars in the past two years (HT Instapundit; links are in original; bolds are mine):

By Brad Wilmouth | November 29, 2015 | 11:25 PM EST

On all three broadcast network Sunday talk shows, hosts pressed some of their GOP guests by forwarding a quote from Planned Parenthood complaining that "hateful rhetoric" from abortion opponents had contributed to the shooting attack on Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain in Colorado.

NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press notably managed to utter the words "hateful rhetoric" three times and "heated rhetoric" once as he repeatedly brought up Planned Parenthood's complaints about being criticized by the pro-life movement for selling baby parts.

By Dylan Gwinn | November 29, 2015 | 10:36 PM EST

Tim Tebow’s relationship with former Miss USA model Olivia Culpo is over. Because, according to reports, Culpo is upset that the couple isn’t having sex, since Tebow has decided to remain abstinent until marriage.

By Karen Townsend | November 29, 2015 | 10:05 PM EST

Singer/Songwriter Alicia Keys guest starred in “Sinned Against,” the latest episode of FOX’s Empire. Keys plays Skye Summers, a multi-platinum record selling “girl power pop” star. Teaming up with Jamal (Jussie Smollett), the two are collaborating on a record for Empire Music – the “Black and White” album. The song featured is taken directly from recent headlines in your local newspaper or your favorite news website’s homepage – the Black Lives Matter theme is strong - “I matter. You matter.”

By Tom Blumer | November 29, 2015 | 10:03 PM EST

As yours truly noted in several posts at my home blog on Wednesday and at NewsBusters on Friday and Saturday, the torrent of pre-Thanksgiving "getaway day" economic data was largely disappointing.

That didn't stop the Associated Press's Chris Rugaber from pushing the "All is well" meme late Wednesday afternoon, declaring, contrary to what anyone's eyes could see, that "the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid," that "Consumers appear relatively confident in the economy," and that "Americans are unleashing pent-up demand for big-ticket items such as homes and cars."

By Melissa Mullins | November 29, 2015 | 9:05 PM EST

Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman called for a boycott of Donald Trump’s businesses because he says they are supporting “racism and neo-fascism.”

"It's time for a boycott of Trump's businesses - and a public calling out of those who choose to work with him," Shachtman tweeted.

By Clay Waters | November 29, 2015 | 9:03 PM EST

Two recent opinion pieces in the New York Times, one by a veteran reporter turned columnist, another featured in the Times' Sunday magazine, launched viciously hard-left attacks on Republicans on the issues of immigration and refugees. Timothy Egan's column, "Donald Trump's Police State," went so far as to compare Republican attendees at a Trump rally to "rabid brown shirts in Dockers" and that his deportation proposals "would prompt a million Hispanic Anne Franks -- people hiding in the attics and basements of Donald Trump’s America." Meanwhile, novelist Laila Lalami compared ISIS's rhetoric to that of President George W. Bush:

By Curtis Houck | November 29, 2015 | 6:29 PM EST

Speaking as part of a panel about presidential books during Sunday’s Face the Nation, author Doris Kearns Goodwin couldn’t help but devote a few moments of her time to heaping praise on the “ambitious” man who she first worked for in politics in then-President Lyndon B. Johnson from the 1960's.

By Tim Graham | November 29, 2015 | 4:37 PM EST

Washington Free Beacon culture editor Aaron McLean scrunched as many book recommendations as one might expect in a single article – 66! But it might seem odd that such a 2015 Favorites list for conservatives would leave out a top seller this year – Mark Levin’s Plunder and Deceit.

It might seem possible for book reviewers to see the author is a popular talk-show host and not read further. But Levin’s books are deep explorations of public policy and political philosophy.

By Curtis Houck | November 29, 2015 | 3:51 PM EST

Viewers tuning into Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week witnessed matters getting awkward towards the tail end of Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s interview with co-host Martha Raddatz as Kasich attempted to flatter her by insisting that she condemn Donald Trump and half-heartedly telling her he wished “you were in the race” for President because he’d support her.

By Tom Johnson | November 29, 2015 | 2:20 PM EST

You’ve probably heard the phrase “too smart for the room.” Penn State professor Sophia McClennen thinks that Stephen Colbert is too smart for America, or at least a huge chunk of it, and that consequently he’s fallen to third place in late-night television’s ratings race. In a Monday Salon piece, McClennen argued that even though Colbert has “moved his satire into a more centrist mode” since joining CBS, that hasn’t increased his appeal to conservatives, since their dislike for his comedy has as much to do with form as content.

“Satire,” wrote McClennen, “uses irony, sarcasm, and parody to encourage critical thinking…[I]t is the sort of humor that is much less likely to appeal to Republican viewers because it depends on questioning beliefs and criticizing the status quo…[I]t is not just a question of who Colbert targets in his joke; it is also a question of how he makes the joke itself.  Nuance, irony, and layered thinking may be…the problem.”

By Brad Wilmouth | November 29, 2015 | 1:38 PM EST

Far-left The Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel was still exhibiting signs of Bush Derangement Syndrome on Sunday's Reliable Sources as she appeared on the CNN show to discuss Donald Trump's claims of seeing thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering on the 9/11 attacks.

Vanden Heuvel not only used the controversy to rehash the war in Iraq as she complained that the media before the Iraq War did not press former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney for alleged "lies," but she even accidentally called Trump "Bush" twice, without even catching her flub the first time.